2013 Members Christmas Celebration

Invitation Only

Member Events - 12 Dec 2013

IPAA WA staff and council celebrated with members and special guests at the end-of-year Christmas Celebration, hosted at the State Records Office.

Members were treated to a special guided tour of the State's archive’s and a unique glimpse into WA's vast history.

We would like to thank all the staff at the State Records Office who kindly donated their time and knowledge for the private tours.

Highlights from the collection included:

  • The Convict Records of Western Australia 1838-1910, including transportation lists, correspondence and medical journals, all now listed on the UNESCO Memory of the World.
  • The Crown Surveyors’ field books from the 19th and early 20th centuries such as those made by the first Surveyor General John Septimus Roe and later surveyors like John Forrest. 
  • The suicide note of C.Y. O’Connor and many of his original drawings, plans and correspondence.
  • Many records pertaining to Aboriginal people in Western Australia, including those from the Chief Protector of Aborigines and the Colonial Secretaries Office. 
  • The correspondence between the City of Perth, the Department of Premier and Cabinet and NASA to organise the city to turn on its lights to help astronaut John Glenn navigate through space.
  • Many soldiers wills from the First World War and some correspondence from the trenches held within them.